Monday, January 08, 2007

Tiffany Shade - Same (1967)

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio (and you thought Devo, The Raspberries and Rachel Sweet were the city's only music exports ...), this outfit's always had a special place in our hearts. As The Tiffany Shade, singer/guitarist Michael Barnes, rhythm guitarist Bob Leonard, bassist Rob Murphy and drummer Tom Schuster deserve plenty of credit, if for no other reason than the fact they managed to turn in one of the year's most impressive set's of English-inspired psychedelia. Not impressed? Imagine how hard it is to sound English when you're from Cleveland !!! With Barnes and Leonard responsible for the bulk of the material ("Come Softly To Me" being the lone non-original), 1969's "The Tiffany Shade" served up an enjoyable blend incorporating garage, psychedelic, pop and even Vaunderville ("A Very Grand Love"). While it may not have been cutting edge in terms of originality, full of fuzz guitar, nifty harmonies and shimmering melodies ("Come Softly To Me"), you could've done far worse in terms of purchases. Personal favorites included "the dreamy "No Reality" and the feedback drenched rocker "One Good Reason". Unfortunately, backed by Mainstream's standard marketing support (e.g. none), the set vanished without a trace). Bad Cat

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sub_commandante_marcos said...

Thanks for this, a lovely bit of popsike.
Cheers!! - SCM

Jezzz said...

Thanx you , it's very great: pop, harmonies, fuzz, etc. Exactly what i like :D

Anonymous said...

i love the electric piano in this -- a very cool loungey vibe. it has a traffic meets the monkees sound to it -- and thats a good thing.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this nice vinyl fuzz guitars!!! little advice :if you find it please listen Blossom Toes. very great band
very great record